In this article, I share with you my thoughts in YUNI, an innovative brand consisting of skincare products that particularly suit those who are into the "gym-life". The brand is also a good all-rounder. I was also able to interview the Co-founder Emmanuel Rey when he was last in Australia. That interview was so illuminating,
今天，我向您介绍一系列独特的护肤产品。 它们是适合运动和去健身房的人。 每个产品都非常特别。 它们使用方便，也很有效。 “YUNICORN CELECTIAL JELLY DAILY MASK CLEANSER”具有非常有趣的质地。 它可以用作洁面乳和面膜。 我也喜欢的另一种产品是名为“ZENICURE”的面油，它是一种轻油。 它闻起来非常清爽和镇静。 “SHOWER SHEETS”也很方便。 为了节省时间，您可以在运动后使用它们。 无需洗澡。 你会闻到好香！
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BEFORE WE GET INTO MY REVIEW OF THESE YUNI BEAUTY PRODUCTS, I THOUGHT WE WOULD START WITH THE INTERVIEW WITH EMMANUEL RAY, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF YUNI BEAUTY.
INTERVIEW WITH CO-FOUNDER EMMANUEL RAY
I was really lucky to get to do AN video interview with Co-Founder Emmanuel Ray in Sydney. He is married to the other Co-founder Suzanne Dawson, who is Australian, and was in Melbourne visiting family. Emmanuel Ray has such a wealth of information and is incredibly wise. After the interview, I also got to spend time to have a nice and long conversation with him. We spoke about the beauty industry, life philosophy and many other things. I felt illuminated after that conversation and can only imaging how much more I would have got if both Founders were there.
UNFORTUNATELY, THE VIDEO FILES WERE CORRUPTED WITHN I UPDATED MY VIDEO EDITING PROGRAM. I WAS COMPLETELY GUTTED BY THAT AS WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE THE SPARKLE IN EMMANUEL'S EYES AS HE TALKS ABOUT MATTERS THAT HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT. I DID HOWEVER RECORD THE AUDIO SEPARATELY AND WAS ABLE TO CREATE A "PODCAST FROM IT. SO I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT. HE IS ONE MOST INTERESTING PERSON.
One of the questions I asked was: "What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?"
I think I my eyes welled up with tears with his answer. He said, "Well, my wife and I start the day with a meditation session (it seems a lot of successful people do this) and at night, we give thanks for what we have, like giving thanks for having each other." CRY. So sweet. It brought to mind one of my favourite classical pieces "Pavane, Op 50" by Gabriel Fauré.
I hope you enjoy the video. I haven't done much fancy editing to it as I wanted to keep it natural and raw.
ABOUT YUNI BEAUTY
When I first came across this brand about 2 years ago, I was immediately intrigued. There were products that looked like I had seen and used from Japan and Asia. However, these were quite different because they used interesting natural ingredients and were designed by two Ashtanga Yoga teachers. It has that New Age/LA vibe to it. Both Co-Founders Emmanuel Ray and Susan Dawson have a rich experience in the beauty World having worked for brands like Aveda.
I guess the brand is best described in their own words:
At YUNI, we create healthy, natural skincare and body products that save time, restore health, and relieve stress—so active people who pursue life with passion can do more, live more, and find more joy in every moment.
That's why our active beauty products are designed to be convenient, portable, and formulated to maximize performance. YUNI's natural skin, body, hair, and aroma products are crafted with custom-blended plant-based fragrances and unique textures—sensorial cues which help you hold the positive power of your athleisure activities long after you've cooled down. Our green beauty philosophy inspires us to create natural products that help sustain the health of the environment as they enhance every moment of your life.
"Active; authentic; mindful. It's how we strive to live and why we created YUNI – nature powered care designed to meet the needs of people who share our passion to be more, do more, and live more."
I was also lucky enough to do a video interview with Emmanuel Ray which you will see below, after my review of the YUNI Beauty skincare products that I have tried.
REVIEW OF YUNI BEAUTY SKINCARE PRODUCTS
All YUNI BEAUTY products are cruelty-free and made using sustainable methods (including the packaging).
To set the scene for my review, I have oily dehydrated and sensitive skin.
Of my Review of YUNI Skincare Products, this ZENICURE oil is one of my star products. It SMELLS amazing. I've actually used most of it (the photo above was taken a while ago). It is so light and absorbs quickly. My face feels moisturised and non-greasy. It smells like lemongrass, ylang ylang and jasmine. For some reason, every time I smell it, I feel like having Thai food.
It is really interesting that one of the key ingredients is Cannabis Oil. I never knew that it has such good anti-oxidant properties. Another ingredient that I don't come across often is Mirabilis Jalapa Callus Extract - the Mirabilis jalapa flower is known as either: the marvel of Peru; or the four o'clock flower. When growing up in Asia, I do recall our neighbours having a plant with beautiful hibiscus-looking flowers that would close in the afternoon. They did smell very sweet.
In my research on Mirabilis Jalapa, I found that it has so many uses. Here is a list from Wikipedia:
In herbal medicine, parts of the plant may be used as a diuretic, purgative, and for vulnerary (wound healing) purposes. The root is believed to be an aphrodisiac as well as having diuretic and purgative properties. It is also used in the treatment of dropsy.
The leaves are used to reduce inflammation. A decoction of them (by mashing and boiling) is used to treat abscesses. Leaf juice may be used to treat wounds. The bulbous roots of the flower have a laxative effect.
In Brazil, the Indian Kayapo sniff the powder of dried flowers to cure headaches and use the root decoction to wash wounds and treat skin conditions such as leprosy. In Peru, juice extracted from flowers is used for herpes lesions and earache.
The juice extracted from the root is used to treat earache, diarrhea, dysentery, syphilis and liver infections. In Mexico, decoctions of the whole plant are used for dysentery, infected wounds, and bee and scorpion stings.
What an amazing plant! I wouldn't mind trying a cake or jelly made from this amazing flower. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which work well in the face oil. I do not break out at all using this (some face oils are a bit too rich for my skin).
Cannabis Oil provides skin with the perfect balance of Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids and boasts a surge of linolenic acids for healthy, hydrated, clear skin. Its adaptogenic-like properties help regulate and balance stress.
Paracress Extract naturally helps facial muscles relax to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Madonna Lily Extract helps reduce the build-up of melanin in skin helping calm hyper-pigmentation for a bright and even skin tone.
Mirabilis Jalapa Callus Extract is a potent active ingredient that helps repair, revive, energize and protect.
Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Seed Oil, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Mirabilis Jalapa Callus Extract, Lilium Candidum Leaf Cell Extract, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate.
Another thing that I like about this face oil is the packaging. It comes in a frosted glass. The dropper design is a winner. I have a lot of oils/serums that have that rubber top that you squeeze. If you are not careful, these rubber tops can "melt/degrade", making the product unusable. With this dropper, as you open it, the top pops out and you can take and dispense as much as like by gently pressing on the top.
This is an anti-inflammatory gel. You apply it after a tiring workout on areas which ache or are generally sore. It does have a "chilling" effect on application - sort of like applying mint.
Growing up in Asia, we had a lot of products that were similar in packaging and purpose like Tiger Balm Liniment (sometimes I get them in the roll-on packaging) and the famous Zen Gu Shui 正骨水. There are also similar products in all parts of Asia including Japan (my favourite one is from Japan (see the green one from Vantelin Kowa) - I stock up on that one every time we go to Japan. They work in a similar way to Chillax, though with very different ingredients. They mostly have magnesium in them. However, unlike Chillax, the sensation is warming instead of cooling.
Arnica Flower Extract is generally used to help reduce swelling, bruising, and discomfort.
Peppermint Leaf Essential Oil produces natural menthol that helps to reduce the feeling of discomfort post-workout.
Fair Trade Green Tea Extract contributes to reduce the formation of free radicals.
Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Menthol, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Arginine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Menthyl Lactate, Carbomer, Fragrance, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate.
These come in a pack of 12.
Neem Leaf Extract deodorizes, calms skin, and soothes inflammation.
Aloe softens your skin while antioxidants—such as Green Tea—protect cells from damage and signs of aging.
Peppermint Leaf Essential Oil acts as a mild antiseptic, reducing bacterial activity on the skin.
Citrus Essential Oils refresh and energize.
Water Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate Glycerin Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil Ormenis Multicaulis Oil Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract Panax Ginseng Root Extract Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract Decyl Glucoside Citric Acid Gluconic Acid Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate Potassium Sorbate Sodium Benzoate
This is a 2-in-1 product that can be used as a daily cleanser and mask. The texture is really unique. It is a gel with holographic pigments in it. It is a very pretty product and lives up to its"unicorn" name. When you shake it, it is a bit like jelly. It has smooth gel texture when applied. To me, it smells faintly of lavender and sunflower seeds. It works well as a gentle cleanser (more for just cleaning the face rather than removing makeup). As a mask, I like to apply a thicker layer. As a mask, it left my skin feeling plump and hydrated. I also felt that I got a bit of a glow.
You apply it with dry hands on to a dry face and on contact with water, it will emulsify and become milky. It does rinse clean fairly quickly. YUNI says you can use it as a 1 minute mask, but for me, the maximum results were achieved after the "normal mask wear time" of about 5-10 mins. It has rice bran in it which helps promote hydration, reduce pigmentation, even out skin tones, and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These skin benefits of rice bran oil are largely attributed to the high level of vitamin E, vitamin B, omega-9, a rich array of fatty acids (source). Rice bran extract is used in popular (and expensive) Japanese skincare like SKII.
It is a really cute product to try. Definitely one to add to the cart!
Sea Lavender is a unique ingredient that helps reinforce the skin barrier, support skin renewal, and stimulate micro-circulation
Honeysuckle offers powerful antiseptic properties for calm, balanced, clear and healthy skin
Rice Bran Extract provides antioxidants and vitamins B and E to help protect and moisturize skin
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Water/Aqua/Eau, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Limonium Gerberi (Sea Lavender) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
The Active Calm moisturiser is also quite a delight to use. The results are almost instant. Like most of the other YUNI products, it smelt like it had lemongrass and lavender in it, along with some kind of seed oil.
This has a very light texture, almost like gel. I found that it absorbed very quickly into my skin and kept it hydrated for most of the day. I typically would use it in the morning because of the scent - it has an uplifting scent. It is quite a nice sensorial experience to apply this in the morning and breathe in the scent through your hands. It sets the right tone for the day. I highly recommend it also if you are just about to start your yoga session - scent is so good.
I like the fact that it contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredients. I'm such a "germaphobe", so a lot of the skincare I buy has to contain such ingredients.
Edelweiss plant stem cells in this firming skin moisturizer deliver powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits deep within the skin. Packed with leontopodium acids, this small white flower helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and provides a plumper, firmer complexion.Organic
Buriti Oil is the richest known source of beta-carotene and is full of healthy essential fatty acids and vitamin E to protect skin, reduce irritation and restore.
Fair Trade Green Tea Extract reduces the formation of free radicals and minimizes bacterial activity to prevent blemishes.
Fair Trade Turmeric Root is full of antioxidants and as a powerful adaptogen, can help regulate and balance stress.
Coconut Oil is packed with fatty acids to deeply hydrate and nourish skin for a smooth, plump complexion.
Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearyl Alcohol, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Cetearyl Glucoside, Xylitol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta Glucan, Panthenol, Allantoin, Maltodextrin, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Gluconolactone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.
Of all of the YUNI products, I think I used this the least. I'm not too sure why, because I did like the effect of it when applied. It is a body balm, and to be honest, I'm not very conscientious when it comes to applying body care. I really sure use it more often.
This one smells like tumeric and jojoba oil to me. It almost instantly melts into an oil when you use it. As it warms up on your skin, a slightly stronger citrus scent is released. It leaves a subtle "highlighter glow". YUNI says you can use it as a highlighter on your face.
I like to use it on my legs after I've shaved them. It makes my legs look MUCH better. I also apply it on my décolletage.
I generally steer away from balms. I don't like that "balmy" feeling that takes forever to absorb. However, this does not have that same texture. I would describe it as a thicker cream-to-oil product. It really does melt down on contact with the skin (warm it up by working it into your skin) and absorbs fairly quickly.
Sometimes, I felt that it had a "warming" feeling. I don't think it is meant to do that and possibly this just might be my imagination. However, I have found that it seems to soothe the aches and pains in my legs after a cardio workout.
Organic Kukui Seed Oil contains essential fatty acids that penetrate deep into the skin to help repair and nourish leaving a healthy glow. Antioxidant vitamins A, C and E protect skin from free radical damage.
Fair Trade Turmeric Root is full of antioxidants helping protect skin from environmental aggressors for a lasting youthful appearance.
Organic Jojoba Oil provides amazing moisturizing properties by acting as a barrier on the skin to lock in moisture and protect from harsh environmental aggressors.
Shea Butter is naturally rich in skin loving vitamins A, E, F and essential fatty acids offering incredible nourishing, moisturizing and anti-inflammation protection. This skin superfood also encourages cell turnover for a plumper, firmer appearance.
Ethically Sourced Mica is a natural mineral with reflective properties, adding shimmer to your skin for a glowing complexion.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Myristyl Olive Oil Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrophilic Fumed Silica, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Mica, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Powder, Bisabolol, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
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